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In W5-1 "Shy Guy Jungle" there is an area of the level that features a trash heap. Mario can pick up some scraps of trash that normally have miscellaneous memo-esque fluff written on them, except for one particular scrap. This scrap has a code written on it, in the following format:

XD3R-B8HH-9ZR2-FL16

I've done a bit of looking around online, and have found that others have found the exact same code, or a similar code (only one character is different here, so I believe that this may actually be a typo) but nobody has, to date, found a use for the code.

It may simply be another piece of trash, because Mario reacts with a frown in a similar manner to the way he does with the remaining pieces of trash. Does anyone have any additional insight to this?

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No one really knows. People have tried it for nintendo subscriptions, DLC codes, etc. but nothing seems to work. I think the answer here is that there isn't one. The programmers just put in a code for fans to gawk over. Otherwise nintendo would have said at least something. No one will really have an answer for this unless they worked on the game itself. –  isthisbetter Mar 25 '13 at 22:46
    
Damn you, now I have to know ;_; –  Kevin Mar 26 '13 at 23:51
    
@Kevin It is truly the greatest mystery of our time. –  Hyper Anthony Mar 27 '13 at 0:56
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@HyperAnthony nah that is the Secret of Monkey Island(tm). –  Kevin Mar 27 '13 at 1:16
    
This thread is probably the most detailed one I found. No answer yet though. –  Batophobia Apr 1 at 17:26
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This is an excellent question. I have been researching about this quite a bit.

There is no definitive answer to date. However, there are (as always) speculations. After doing some research I came upon groups of people that believed any of the following:

  • It is a red herring.
  • It is related to the sequel
  • Related to a future dlc/demo
  • It bears an unknown significance to the devs

I'm sorry if my answer is unsatisfactory; there is no real answer to your question as of yet.

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